Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.
Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.
Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.
- Dave McNary
John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.
“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”
The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »
- Robert Mitchell
Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel
After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.
The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.
- Justin Kroll
David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle
Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »
Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'
It's a trap! Or maybe not.
The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo."
Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected."
Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »
- Ryan Parker
The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For
In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh […]
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- Jack Giroux
Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market
Haugesund, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.
It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council Film Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the Nordic countries.
“In the last couple of years, the international focus on Nordic content has been increasing, which is the main reason for the growing participation,” said market director Gyda Velvin Myklebust, who has been in charge of the operation for 15 years.
She added that another reason was the market’s presentation of films “on four levels”: Graduation movies from Nordic film schools; screenplays for new features; works-in-progress and completed features – as well as the projects in the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market.”
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Here’s Who Dumped Trump After Charlottesville (Video)
President Trump saw support drop precipitously this week after he botched his response to the events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally called “Unite the Right” turned violent. And then he made things even worse with a follow-up press conference on Tuesday. The result: all week long advisors, supporters, and employees fled his administration. It started Monday with chief executives of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc, and Under Armour Inc, who resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. All of them said, or implied, they were leaving because of how Trump responded to Charlottesville, where on. »
- Itay Hod
Elisabeth Moss Defends Scientology to The Handmaid’s Tale Fan Who Compared It to Gilead
“Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me.” »
- Halle Kiefer
Joel Silver Sued for Wrongful Death by Family of Assistant Who Drowned in 2015
Joel Silver is being sued for wrongful death by the family of Carmel Musgrove, the producer’s former assistant, who drowned in Bora Bora in 2015 during a celebrity-packed celebration of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon. The lawsuit also names Silver’s company, Silver Pictures, and the company’s employee, Martin Herold, as defendants. Also Read: Jk Rowling Mourns 'Harry Potter' Star Robert Hardy: 'Such a Talented Actor' Musgrave, who was 28 at the time of her death, had travelled with Silver and his entourage to Bora Bora and was there for several weeks performing work-related duties. She died sometime between 12:00 Am, »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Father John Misty Pens an Homage to the Chuck E. Cheese Band Upon News of Its Retirement from Show Biz
“The shock and sadness I feel over losing this artist compelled me to humbly offer a few words in rememberence…” »
- Halle Kiefer
'Man in Red Bandana' Trailer Tells of 9/11 Heroism
Verdi Productions’ documentary Man in Red Bandana, which begins a limited rollout Sept. 6 in New York City, tells the story of Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old civilian who gave his life saving others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Crowther was an equities trader working in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, who, in the wake of the first plane hitting the Wtc, led two groups of survivors to safety before heading back up into the building to attempt to save others. He died during the building collapse, and though those he saved did not know his »
- Gregg Kilday
What We Learned From Jay-Z’s First Interview About 4:44
And it’s only Part One. »
- Halle Kiefer
Joel Silver Sued for Wrongful Death in Assistant's Bora Bora Drowning
According to the lawsuit filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, Silver Pictures chartered a Gulfstream to fly family and friends to Bora Bora in the summer of 2015. Musgrove, who was 28 at the time, was Silver's personal assistant and was there for several weeks »
- Ashley Cullins
‘Big Brother’ episode 25 recap: Derrick Levasseur returns as Head of Household competition begins
After an action packed double eviction sent both Cody Nickson and Elena Davies to the jury house on Thursday, a special Friday episode of “Big Brother” walked viewers down memory lane and kicked off an important Head of Household competition that could change the direction of the game. Season 16 champ, Derrick Levasseur, returned to […] »
- Denton Davidson
Katie Couric Releases Footage of Charlottesville Rally Violence: ‘It Breaks My Heart’ (Video)
Katie Couric released intense footage on Friday that she filmed at the recent Charlottesville, Virginia, rally. In addition to the scenes that were filmed for her upcoming National Geographic documentary series, Couric also shared an essay about her experiences. She said that attending the “Unite the Right” event was “especially personal” for her because she was a student the University of Virginia, and her late sister represented the area for several years as a state senator. “There’s been so much said and written about what happened there, I felt I needed to give my own account of my three days in. »
- Ryan Gajewski
10 Most Important Movies to Understand Racism and Fascism in America
Consider this list as a syllabus for a course that could be titled The Cinema of a Divided America. These ten features and documentaries, listed in order of their release, reflect how film has reflected — and, in some cases, fueled — attitudes about racial polarization and radical right movements in our country. For better or worse, all of them remain quite relevant. Especially right now.
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- Joe Leydon
Univision CEO Blasts ‘Abject Failure’ to Denounce White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis
Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the Lgbt community, the media and those who “espouse racist and hateful views.”
Falco’s statement follows on the heels of similar statements from Apple CEO Tim Cook, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and other CEOs in the wake of President Donald Trump’s conflicting statements about the Charlottesville rally of white supremacists, which left a 32-year-old counter-protester dead on Saturday.
Falco tangled with Trump during the presidential campaign after the then-candidate asserted that many Mexican immigrants were “rapists” and criminals. Univision severed ties with Trump’s Miss Universe beauty pageant franchise in 2015, just months after signing a multi-year pact to carry the events »
- Cynthia Littleton
Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'
Drew Pollins is directing the indie drama that hails from Serenity Media Group and that is shooting in Los Angeles.
The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early Onset Alzheimer’s. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King is playing a neurologist that tries to help the duo.
The part is the latest feature get for »
- Borys Kit
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